"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, July 4, 2009


We're home, bathed and in bed after a long day of what was supposed to be jammed packed with fun but ended up a bit muted due to the weather. We skipped the parade, figuring a few tootsie rolls weren't worth the soaking wet kids and stuff--not how we wanted to start our day. We went over to Grandma and Grandpa's house instead and hung out there. After naps, the weather cleared some so I headed to the carnival with the girls and Greg planned to come up at dinner time and then stay the evening listening to Gavin DeGraw and then fireworks. The kids had fun riding the rides, but at $4 per ride, per kid, that was short lived. Then on to the free inflatables section and face painting. We hung out there awhile and ran into a few friends and stayed long enough to fill up on food and get wet and muddy (which utterly ruined the whole experience for Mary Kathleen--apparently she's not our outdoorsy kid!). After that we headed over to listen to the headlining act, Gavin DeGraw. About two songs into his set, Connie flicks a large bug off his neck and immediately started screaming. Turns out, it was a bee of some sort and it left it's stinger in his jugular vein! Greg got it out while I restrained the poor kid and tried to calm him down. It swelled up like a bite does and got really red, but our wiser friend told us that it was normal and if he were "allergic" he'd be having trouble breathing. He wasn't. Then we see lightning and see a storm coming from the northwest. We packed up and headed out but before we got to our car, we were pretty soaked (despite the umbrellas and all). As we were leaving the grounds, they started ushering everyone out and all those just arriving to catch the fireworks were told that the parks were closing and that the fireworks were canceled. What a bummer!

I'll try to get some pics up here soon but I used my dad's camera today and don't have the right cord to transfer them over to my computer. I hope they are good. I tried to get a lot of action shots of the girls on the "big" rides. For as meek and timid as they act most of the time, those kids are sure thrill seekers when it comes to stuff like that. I think as long as you tell Mookie it's going to be fun, she'd try anything once!

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